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10:19 am
Fri June 12, 2009

Cartoon Upsets Hispanics

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Oklahoma City, OK – Cartoon of Sotomayor as pinata draws criticism

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Some Hispanics and advocates for women are criticizing an editorial cartoon that depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as a strung-up pinata that President Barack Obama is inviting Republicans to whack.

The cartoon by Chip Bok of Creators Syndicate ran in The Oklahoman on Tuesday. It shows Obama wearing a sombrero and saying, quote, "Now, who wants to be first?" to a group of elephants in suits holding sticks.

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9:52 am
Fri June 12, 2009

UPDATE: Sweeney Murder Case

Murder for Hire Suspect Terrico Bethel
Tulsa County Booking Photo

Tulsa, OK – Hearing set for man accused of killing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A preliminary hearing will be held August 7 for a man charged in with murder in the shooting death of a Tulsa businessman.

Terrico Bethel is accused of shooting Neal Sweeney in the head at Retail Fuels Marketing on September 4. The 63-year-old Sweeney died the next day at a Tulsa hospital.

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4:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Pandemic Declared

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the number of swine flu cases in the state has risen to 114.

Scott Sproat, the Health Department's chief of emergency preparedness and response, says state health officials have yet to see a plateau in the number of swine flu reports, even during what typically is a slow season for flu cases.

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4:12 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Scuffle Trooper on Leave

A cellphone video camera captures the incident.

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper involved in a scuffle with a Creek Nation paramedic has been placed on administrative leave.

OHP Capt. Chris West says Trooper Daniel Martin was put on paid administrative leave June 1 while the patrol's internal affairs investigates the May 24 incident.

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10:19 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Edmondson To Make Governor's Race

Drew Edmondson and family at Tulsa Press Club, where he announced he is running for Governor
KWGS News

Tulsa, OK – Edmondson says he's running for governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Attorney General Drew Edmondson today announced he's running for governor next year.

Edmondson joins Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in formally announcing for the Democratic nomination to succeed Democratic Gov. Brad Henry.

Henry is completing his second term and isn't eligible to run for re-election.

Edmondson says the state's economy and budget will be the biggest issues facing the next governor.

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10:07 am
Thu June 11, 2009

More Jobs Lost

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa pipe plant to be closed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Louisiana-based company is announcing plans to close a Tulsa pipe manufacturing plant.

The Shaw Group of Baton Rouge said yesterday it will shut down Shaw Tulsa Fabricators in early August.

A company spokesman says the company is trying to become more efficient.

The plant opened in 2006 and has 168 employees. It manufactures pipe for the construction industry.

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10:02 am
Thu June 11, 2009

UPDATE: Sands Springs Bike Fatal

Suspect, Tausha Borland is released on bail from the David Moss Correction Center
Tulsa County Jail Booking Photo

Sand Springs, OK – Woman accused in fatal accident released

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) The woman accused of driving her sport utility vehicle into three bicyclists at Sand Springs and killing two is now free on $100,000 bond.

Tausha Dion Borland was arrested on two complaints of first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of Christa Voss of Owasso and Matthew Edmonds of Tulsa.

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9:41 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Stormy Weather

Hoyt, OK – ornado spotted in Haskell County

HOYT, Okla. (AP) A Haskell County sheriff's deputy reported a brief tornado touchdown in the western part of the county.

No injuries or damage is reported.

The deputy said the twister touched down about 6 p.m. Wednesday near the community of Enterprise, southwest of Hoyt.

The National Weather Service says storms damaged storage sheds and barns in Mayes, Pittsburg and Sequoyah counties. Wind gusts up to 135 miles per hour were reported in Pittsburg County.

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5:40 pm
Wed June 10, 2009

Edmondson Runs for Governor

Attorney General Drew Edmondson with his family at the Tulsa Press Club.
KWGS News

Oklahoma City, OK – Edmondson says he's running for governor


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Attorney General Drew Edmondson has announced plans to run for governor, saying his huge environmental lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies should be resolved by the end of the year.

Edmondson, a Democrat, said Wednesday he hopes to succeed Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, who is completing his second and final term.

Edmondson joins Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in the race for governor.

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4:08 pm
Wed June 10, 2009

Road Work Ahead

Memorial Drive, between 96th and 111th is a bottleneck because of construction. Now, 101st Street is being closed at Memorial for additional work.
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Tulsa, OK – The City of Tulsa and Tulsa County have joined in a cooperative effort to widen East 101st Street at South Memorial Drive. The City of Tulsa will provide the cost of materials and Tulsa County will provide labor for construction. Tulsa County will post message boards in the project area to notify motorists of traffic conditions.

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